Irving Penn - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 4, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Knopf/Callaway, Irving Penn: Passage, a Work Record, p. 13; Szarkowski, Irving Penn, p. 1; Westerbeck, Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, p. 147

  • Artist Biography

    Irving Penn

    American • 1917 - 2009

    Arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco.

    Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects. Working across several photographic mediums, Penn was a master printmaker. Regardless of the subject, each and every piece is rendered with supreme beauty. 

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Optician's Shop Window, New York

Selenium toned gelatin silver print, printed 1983.
11 1/2 x 10 5/8 in. (29.2 x 27 cm).
Signed, titled, dated in pencil, Condé Nast copyright credit reproduction limitation, edition and credit stamps on the verso. One from an edition of 65.

$15,000 - 20,000 


4 October 2011
New York